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Root River report

Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for March 23, 2015

The water level on the Root River is relative low and the flow is down for this time of the year. The ice upstream has fully melted. As of Monday the river was flowing at 124 CFS.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR] in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

  • Above the weir:
  • Below the weir: The steelhead run is just starting, and large numbers of anglers were out over the weekend trying to land themselves a trout. Despite high fishing pressure, low numbers of fish were landed over the past week, as many steelhead are just beginning to move into the river mouth, and those already upstream don't seem very keen on biting. The small number of anglers that did catch fish over the weekend reported some success with small spinners in fast moving water, and the best action on spawn sacks, casting through deeper pockets of water. The action appeared to slow down towards the end of the week, with Sundays colder temperatures producing very little bites, possibly indicating that fishing may be less productive until the weather warms back up again, and we get a good rain to raise both the water level and temperature of the river. The weir is now running, as boards were placed in the river on the 19th of March, and some steelhead are starting to make their way into the facility. The small number of fish moving into the facility indicate that fish are moving upstream, however most fish are still in the lake and those moving upstream are rather inactive in the frigid waters.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured        
Passed Upstream      


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility        
Egg Take


Last revised: Monday March 30 2015